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Week Commencing 25.01.21: F2 Home Learning

Posted on Friday 22 January 2021 by Miss Marsden

Monday

 

 

 

 

 

Book of the week- Watch the Gruffalo or read the book if you have it at home.
Questions to discuss-
1. How does the mouse feel when he sets of on his journey through the woods?
2. Do you think the mouse likes the other animals: owl, fox and snake?
3. Why do you think the mouse tells the other animals he is going to have tea with the Gruffalo?
4. Do you think the Gruffalo is afraid of the mouse?
Phonics- qu
Click here to watch today’s phonics video
Activity 1: Have a go at reading this sentence. Did you spot today’s new phoneme?
Activity 2: Can you work out the missing phonemes for these ‘qu’ words? Write the words in a list.
Maths- Number 7
Click here to watch today’s maths video.
Click here to do today’s activities.
Tuesday Phonics- ch
Click here to watch today’s phonics video
Activity 1: Write the words to match these pictures. You could print these phoneme frames, or draw your own. Parents: If you are unsure, click here to view the words.
Activity 2: Have a go at writing this sentence.  Parents: Read the sentence aloud.
Math – Number 7
Click here to watch today’s maths video.
Click here to do today’s activities.
Wednesday Phonics- sh
Click here to watch today’s phonics video.
Activity 1: Have a go at writing this sentence. Parents: Read the sentence aloud.
Activity 2: Play Phase 3 Sentences on Phonics Play. Have a go at reading the three ‘sh’ sentences.
Parents: Click here > Login in using Sphere (username) Spher3 (password) > Resources > Phase 3 > SENTENCES PHASE 3 > Start > Next > Click ‘sh’
Maths- Number 7
Click here to watch today’s maths video.
Click here to do today’s activities.
Thursday Phonics- Tricky words – was
Click here to watch today’s phonics video
Activity 1: Practise writing all of the tricky words using the look, cover, write, check method. Click here to see if you have practised writing all of the tricky words.
Activity 2: Write a sentence which includes any of the tricky words.
Steps to writing a successful sentence…
1. Think of a sentence.
2. Say the sentence aloud.
3. Count the words in your sentence.
4. Use your phoneme fingers to segment every word.
5. Check your sentences makes sense.
6. Have you used a capital letter, finger spaces and a full stop?
Activity 3: Have fun using different voices to spell the tricky words aloud.
Word Passport
Click here for this week’s word list.
Remember to use your phoneme fingers when blending!
Maths- Shape
Click here to watch today’s video.
Activity 1:  Play ‘Guess the Shape’ with an adult.
Describe a shape, remembering to say how many sides and corners it has and to be specific, e.g. “It has 4 sides. It has 4 corners. It has 4 equal sides.” See who can guess the most shapes correctly.
Activity 2:  Go on a 2d shape hunt around your house. What 2d shapes might you find? If you have access to electronic device, take photos of the shapes you find.
Friday Understanding the World with Professor Myers – RSPB Bird watching
Click here to watch this week’s video with Professor Myers.
Activity 1: Be a bird watcher. Can you spot any of these birds? Count and record the different types of bird you see in your garden.
Activity 2: Follow these instructions and make an apple bird feeder.
Activity 3: Can you draw a picture of the birds in your garden?
Story time- Veggies Assemble
Click here to watch today’s story read by Miss Marsden.
Sit back, relax and enjoy the story.
Questions to discuss:
1. Why was the lolly melting?
2. Why did Supertato blush at the end?
3. Who helped Supertato to get free?
4. How did Supertato call for help?
5. Why couldn’t we hear what the evil pea was saying when Supertato captured him?

Story Link activities to select throughout the week

Literacy
1. Can you write a recipe for Gruffalo Crumble?  Write a list of all of the ingredients you will need. Think about the things that the mouse might find in a deep dark wood.
2. Can you make a sign to warn people about the Gruffalo ? What would you write on your sign? Think of some interesting warning words.
3. Can you draw and label a map of the mouse’s journey through the deep dark wood? Who did he meet first in the story? Where did he find the owl?
Understanding the World

1. Find out about owls and some other birds of prey by watching Andy’s Secret Hideout. Can you find out some more interesting facts about owls?
2. Do you have any dried spaghetti at home? How does it feel, is it hard or soft?  Adults could you cook the pasta and watch it with your child. Talk about the changes. How does it feel once it has been cooked? Now you have your own bowl of scrambled snake to enjoy.
Expressive Arts and Design
Can you make a Gruffalo or a mouse headband? Use some paper and Sellotape then colour it in. You could then act out the story.
Are you going to be the mouse or the Gruffalo?
Physical Development
1. Using your fiddly fingers thread some tubes of pasta onto a piece of string, ribbon or an old shoelace. Can you add on eyes and make your snake slither around?
If you haven’t got any pasta you could make a paper chain snake or cut out a spiral snake from some paper.
2. Have a go at doing some Cosmic Yoga. It tells the story of Tallulah the owlet. We really enjoy cosmic yoga at school and we hope that you do at home too.
Online Gruffalo Activities
Click here and play some Gruffalo games.
1. Monster maker – make your own Gruffalo – choose your own face, body and legs. What would you call the new Gruffalo? If you have access to a printer, print it out and colour it in.

2. Hide and Seek – play the matching game with the Gruffalo cards.

3. Menu matcher – is a short quiz about the Gruffalo story.

I hope you all enjoyed the nursery rhyme themed Zoom. It was lovely to see all your smiling faces. Don’t forget next Wednesday’s Zoom is a Scavenger Hunt. You will be asked to go and find lots of different things.
Parents: be prepared to help your child look for things.
See you then!

 

F1 Home Learning: Week 4

Posted on Friday 22 January 2021 by Miss Marsden

This week, our learning is going to be themed around the well known traditional tale, ‘Goldilocks and the Three Bears’. If you have a copy at home, read it together before starting the activities. If you don’t have a copy of the story, you can listen to it using this link.

Reading
·        Have you heard this story before? Can you remember what happens?·        What do the Bears say each time they find something else that Goldilocks has touched? “Someone’s been eating/sitting/sleeping…”  Try to encourage your child to join in with the repeated phrases as you read the story.
·        Once you’ve heard the story a few times, have a go at re-telling the story. This is an important part of the Early Years reading curriculum and we often use pictures and props to help us re-tell stories. Do you have 3 teddy bears that you could use to retell the story at home? You could find 3 different sized bowls and spoons too.  If you’d like to make some story props instead, and you have a printer, you can download some printable ones here.
·        If you have the CBeebies Story Time App, you can download the story to read, too. Details on how to download the App are available on the link.
Phonics
A couple of weeks ago, we asked you to make some sound effects linked to ‘Zog’ using your voice. In Nursery, we use voice sound cards during group time to make different noises. Have a go at home and see if you can think of some more sounds.
If you’d like to continue learning about ‘Voice sounds’, here’s a video link to a voice sounds game with a cheeky character called Felix! At the end of the video, there’s a funny face paper plate craft activity too.  You could play the same game at home and make your own picture cards (or print some).What would Little Bear say when he sees his chair has broken? What does Goldilocks say when she tastes Little Bears porridge?
Mark-Making
·        Can you draw a picture of Goldilocks? Make sure you give her lots of long, golden curls. If you like to paint, you could paint a picture of your favourite teddy bear.
·        How many bears are in the story?  Try to draw a big bear for Daddy Bear and a smaller bear for Baby Bear. What size would Mummy Bear be?
·        Where do the Three Bears live? Draw a picture of their house. What shape are the windows and door?
Maths
·        Ask your child to help you find 3 different sized bowls and spoons. Which is the biggest? Smallest? Arrange them in size order.
·        Watch this week’s Key Worker video. Create your own repeating colour pattern using Duplo or Lego bricks. Keep it simple, just pick two colours.
Maths Extension ideas
–  You might have a threading set at home or some coloured beads. Can you make a repeating colour pattern using the buttons or beads?
– Create a repeating pattern using pictures or objects instead of colours. Remember to keep it simple, choosing just 2 different items. E.g.  Apple, carrot, apple, carrot, apple…
Creative

·        This activity is always a big hit in Nursery, but it is messy! Use your different sized bowls and spoons and put them inside an empty plastic storage box/tray to catch some of the mess. Add some porridge oats (or some rice crispies/rice/pasta) to the bowls for your child mix, scoop and pour the oats. Children love to scoop and pour in our sensory area – it’s easily swept or vacuumed up at the end of the day. We usually use dry ingredients, but you can add water if you want to add to the sensory play experience (and mess)!
·        Make your own porridge together and taste it. What does it taste like? Do you add anything to your porridge? Does it make it sweeter?
·        Need some quiet time? Grab a drink and some fruit and snuggle on the sofa to watch this CBeebies ballet version of Goldilocks and the Three Bears.
·        In the story, Goldilocks thinks that one bed is too soft and one is too hard. What does this mean? Can you find any objects in your house that are soft and hard? What other words could you use to describe the texture of items? Rough, bumpy, smooth, furry etc.
·        Here’s another of the songs that we enjoy listening to before lunch at Nursery.

Physical Development
Funky Fingers
This is linked to our ‘Independence’ activity this week. What can you find that uses a zip? For example: Zip-lock bags, purses/wallets, bags, pencil cases, wash bags, jackets and clothing. Allow your child time to investigate ‘zips’ and how they work. If you have an old bag or purse/wallet, let your child use it in their role play at home – they love to fill them with items and incorporate them into their play. Becoming familiar with how zips work, and learning how to use them in a range of contexts, will help them progress onto eventually fastening their own coats.
Movement
Get a few pairs of socks and roll them into a balls. Cut out some different sized spots (big/small) using paper and spread them out on the floor. Ask children to aim at the spots. Did it land on the big or small spot? How many are on the big spot? If the bowls you chose for the maths activity aren’t breakable, you could aim into Daddy Bear’s bowl instead!
Independence skills
Next time you go out for a walk, make sure you allow some extra time for your child to put their own coat on. If they can already do this, encourage them to do their own zip up. This is a really important skill and one which we would be teaching daily at Nursery. If you’d like a few ideas on how to help, there are some hints and tips available on the links below – check which are appropriate for your child.
·        Putting coats on – Scroll to the bottom of the web page for 2 video clips. In Nursery, we usually start by putting our hoods on first and then finding the arm holes. We don’t always have much space for ‘through the rabbit holes’ and flipping coats over our heads, although children love to do it this way!
·        Zips fact sheet – Here’s a fact sheet with a few ideas or you could watch this video clip that shows small steps in teaching children how to use zips. In the video, the lady refers to the zip as ‘food’ and a ‘mouth’. In Nursery, we often call the zip the ‘train’ and put it into the ‘station’ so it can run up the track.
Key Worker activity and videos
In our Key Worker activity this week, Mrs Beesley has some bears that she needs your help to sort. We’ve done a similar activity in group time before so see if you can remember what to do. When you’ve watched the videos, have a go at sorting some of your own toys, such as Duplo bricks or cars. Maybe you’ll have a tin of Quality Street left over from Christmas that you haven’t eaten yet and you could sort the sweets! (You don’t? We’re surprised!)
Key Worker activity – Bear sorting
Key Worker Song – When Goldilocks went to the house of the Bears
Friday Story Time- Veggies Assemble
Click here to watch today’s story read by Miss Marsden.
Sit back, relax and enjoy the story.
After listening to the story, have a look in your kitchen and see if you can find any vegetables.
Can you name any of the vegetables?
Now, have some fun and make some ‘Super Veggies’ like these below.

I hope you all enjoyed the nursery rhyme themed Zoom. It was lovely to see all your smiling faces. Don’t forget next Wednesday’s Zoom is a Scavenger Hunt theme. You will be asked to go and find lots of different things.
Parents- be prepared to help your child look for things.
See you then!

 

 

 

 

 

Week Commencing 18.01.21: F2 Home Learning

Posted on Friday 15 January 2021 by Miss Marsden

Monday

 

 

 

 

 

Book of the week- Watch the story SUPERTATO or read the book if you have it at home. SUPERTATO
Questions to discuss:
Where is the story set?
Who are the main characters in the story?
What fruit and vegetables do you like to eat?
Why is it important to eat fruit and vegetables?
Phonics- x
Click here to watch today’s phonics video
Activity 1: Write a word, caption or sentence to match the picture.

Activity 2: Go to phonicsbloom.com. Choose phase 2 games. Play: Fishy Phonics
Maths- White Rose Maths: Growing 6,7,8!
Click here to be taken to the correct web page. Choose Session 1
Activity: Click here for today’s activity.
Tuesday Phonics- y
Click here to watch today’s phonics video
Activity 1:  Write a word, caption or sentence to match the picture.

Activity 2: Click here to play Buried Treasure on Phonics Play. Select phase 3 then +y.
Maths- White Rose Maths: Growing 6,7,8!
Click here to be taken to the correct web page. Choose Session 2
Activity: Click here for today’s activity.
Wednesday Phonics- z/zz
Click here to watch today’s phonics video
Activity 1: Be a ‘z’ detective! Can you find anything (or anyone) in your house, that has the initial or ending sound ‘z’?
Maths- White Rose Maths: Growing 6,7,8!
Click here to be taken to the correct web page. Choose Session 3
Activity: Click here for today’s activity.
Thursday Phonics- Tricky words
Click here to watch today’s phonics video
Activity 1: Be a Tricky Word Detective. Can you find any of the phase 3 tricky words in the books you have at home?
Activity 2: Play Run to the Tricky Word.
1. Write each tricky word on separate pieces of paper. Click here to check you have used all of the tricky words.
2. Stick them around your garden or a big room in your house.
3. Get an adult to spell the tricky words aloud using the letter names.
4. Run to the correct tricky word.
Activity 3: Play the Reading Robot game on Phonics Play.
Parents: Login details are…
Username: Sphere
Password: Spher3
Search Phonics Play > Resources > Phase 2 > Reading Robot > Start > Phase 2
Word Passport
Click here for this week’s word list.
Remember to use your phoneme fingers when blending!
Maths- White Rose Maths: Growing 6,7,8!
Click here to be taken to the correct web page. Choose Session 4
Activity: Click here for today’s activity.
Friday Understanding the World with Professor Myers; – Keeping warm in winter
Click here to watch this week’s video with Professor Myers.
Can you design an outfit to keep Professor Myers warm when she goes out for her winter walks?
Can you think of some ways of moving to keep warm when it’s cold outside? Which one worked best?
Story time- The Very Lazy Ladybird
Click here to watch today’s story read by Miss Marsden.
Sit back, relax and enjoy the story.
Questions to discuss:
1. What did the ladybird like to do all day and night?
2. Whose tail did the ladybird hop onto?
3. What did the elephant do?
4. Did you like the story? What was your favourite part?

 Story Link activities to select throughout the week

Literacy

  1. Design and label your own character to match the story. You may choose to draw, paint or use real vegetables.
  2. Pick a character to draw and add a speech bubble. What is your character saying?

Understanding the World

  1. Find some fruits and vegetables around your house. Sort them into different groups. You might sort by colour, size or texture.
  2. If you have frozen peas in your freezer have a look at them in their frozen state. Feel them, what do they feel like? Watch them defrost. How long does it take? Does it defrost more quickly in different places around your house?

Expressive Arts and Design
1. Draw a vegetable.
Use your own imagination or this drawing tutorial.
How to draw broccoli

2. Use a mash potato masher to make some super art.

Physical Development
1. With an adult, cut some fruit and vegetables to make a healthy snack.
How many pieces did you cut? 

2. Superhero PE!
Be a superhero and try out some of these stretches and movements.
Superhero 1
Superhero 2


Zoom sessions
Next week the children who are learning from home will be invited to a zoom session with their teacher. This zoom session will be with a group of children from their class. You will find the  focus of the zoom session  on the website each Friday. Sometimes your child will need to bring something along with them. Your child does not have to join in with these zooms, they are optional. Unfortunately, the timings of these zooms cannot be changed as most teachers are teaching in school. Look out for the link to your child’s zoom, which will be sent, via email on a Friday. Look forward to seeing you all next week.

 

F1 Home Learning: Week 3

Posted on Friday 15 January 2021 by Miss Marsden

Reading

There are lots of great stories that take place in a snowy setting. You might have ‘The Gruffalo’s Child’ at home or a favourite story that involves penguins or polar bears. Here’s a story for you to watch called ‘The Snowy Day’.

·        How do you feel like when you open the curtains, look out of the window and see snow?

·        Can you remember the sound that Peter’s feet made as he walked through the snow? We love listening to the ‘crunch’ of freshly fallen snow!

·        What tracks did Peter find in the snow? Have you ever seen some tracks in the snow? What made the tracks?

·        Peter put a snowball in his pocket. What happened? Where did the snowball go?

Phonics
In Nursery, we practise our listening skills when we’re singing and using instruments. We have to shake the instruments until we hear the music stop. Find something at home that you can use to make a noise – this could be an instrument, a pot with rice in or a wooden spoon and a pan! Shake or bang along to the music and remember to listen carefully for when to stop.
Mark-Making

·        Draw a snowman. Think carefully about what shape you need to use for the body and head. How many eyes do you need to draw? What shape could you use for a carrot nose?

·        Paint a winter picture.  What colours would you use?

·        Draw around your hands and carefully cut them out to make some paper gloves. Add patterns to decorate the gloves. Will they be spotty or stripy?

·        Add a small amount of water to a baking tray (shallow) and put it out overnight when the weather forecast is cold. Hopefully, when you return to it in the morning, you will have a thin sheet of ice. Bring it inside and have a go at painting on it. What happens?

Mathematics

·        You will need a large snowman outline (cut out white paper circles or draw one onto paper) and some buttons/pompoms/beads for buttons. Just like in our previous Gingerbread Man activity, put 1-6 buttons on the snowman and count how many buttons the snowman has. Encourage children to count carefully, pointing/touching each button as they say each number. Some children will work with numbers up to 3 confidently, others may be able to work with numbers to 5 or 10. Choose the number of buttons according to your child’s confidence levels.

·        On a different day, instead of counting how many buttons are already on the snowman, ask children to select a given number of buttons from a pile. They may find this tricky and sometimes forget to stop! Keep the numbers small, below 3-4 to start with. (If your child can do this, increase the numbers up to 10.) Remind your child how many buttons they need to get and what number they are going to ‘stop’ at. Keep checking as they count – have they reached the ‘stop’ number yet?

·        If your child is working confidently counting up to 6, introduce a dice. Roll the dice once each and add the corresponding number of buttons to your snowman. Which snowman has the fewest/most buttons?

Extension Activities
Some of our older children might enjoy playing the Snowman Dice Game from Twinkl. The mark making skills required might be a too challenging for some children, but you could always draw the pieces onto paper and then collect each part as you roll the dice.
Creative

·        Create a winter tree picture using some twigs that you collect from your garden or a walk. You will need some coloured paper, twigs, glue, cotton buds and white paint.

·        Need some quiet time? Grab your favourite snack and a blanket and enjoy watching ‘The Snowman’ by Raymond Briggs.

·        Are you wearing a woolly jumper to keep warm? Here’s Aunty Mable and Pippin in an old episode of ‘Come Outside’ telling us all about how they are made.

Understanding the World

·        Talk to your child about the seasons. The BBC has a short video clip that you could watch to discuss things that you can see changing as the seasons change. Children might be able to spot some of the autumnal changes that we talked about in Nursery before Christmas.

·        What season is it now? How do we know? What clothes do we wear in winter? How is this different to summer time? Listen to this song all about winterDid you talk about some of the things in this video?

·        On your next walk, have a look for some signs of winter.  We’ve created a Winter Scavenger Hunt sheet for you to print or copy. Take it with you on your walk and tick off the items as you find them.

If your child comments on some of the changes that they see and you have time, please make a note of the words that they use and send us an email with their comments. (Please note it down word for word, just as they say it!)

·        Investigate freezing and melting. Choose a selection of objects (that can go in water and be frozen!) and put them into some empty pots (yogurt pots, ice cube trays) with a small amount of water. Freeze them overnight (or longer) and remove once they’re frozen. Put the frozen items into a tray and allow your child to investigate. What does it feel like? What has happened to the water? Play with the ice and watch what happens to them over time. Talk about the changes that children can see happening. What’s happening to the ice? Discuss the basic process of melting and think about other things that might melt such as ice-creams on a sunny day.

Physical Development
Fiddly Fingers
Lots of us have memories of making paper snowflakes as a child and we thought that this would be a great activity to practise our ‘snipping’ skills. You will need some paper (cut it into a square shape) and a pair of children’s scissors. Loosely, follow these instructions on how to fold your paper – don’t worry too much about this part! In Nursery, we’re interested in learning how to fold and use scissors safely, rather than a perfect snowflake at the end of the process!  Please ensure that your child is supervised when using their scissors.  Show your child where to cut and let them enjoy snipping the paper. What does it look like when you open it out?Movement
Join in with these Cosmic yoga sessions at home. There’s a shorter clip, Winter Wonderland, and a longer story called Joybob The Polar Bear.Independence skills
At this point of the year in Nursery, we usually have a long line of children needing help to put their gloves on before we go outside! Over the next few weeks, encourage your child to put on their own gloves. Teach them to close their fingers at first to get their hand into the glove and then to open them slightly and wiggle each finger into place. Keep trying – it’s tricky!
Key Worker activity/video
In our Key Worker session this week, we’re going to do our ‘Dough Disco’ song. Those of you that join our Zoom sessions will be able to have another go and practise each of the moves. You’ll need a small ball of playdough (or similar), just enough to fit in your child’s palm.We also like to sing this song on cold, snowy days. It’s called ‘5 Little Snowmen’.
Friday Story Time
The Very Lazy Ladybird
Click here to watch today’s story read by Miss Marsden.
Sit back, relax and enjoy the story.
Questions to discuss:
1. What did the ladybird like to do all day and night?
2. Whose tail did the ladybird hop onto?
3. What did the elephant do?
4. Did you like the story? What was your favourite part?
Zoom sessions
Next week the children who are learning from home will be invited to a zoom session with their teacher. This zoom session will be with a group of children from their class. You will find the  focus of the zoom session  on the website each Friday. Sometimes your child will need to bring something along with them. Your child does not have to join in with these zooms, they are optional. Unfortunately, the timings of these zooms cannot be changed as most teachers are teaching in school. Look out for the link to your child’s zoom, which will be sent, via email.We are looking forward to seeing you all.

Week Commencing 11.01.21: F2 Home Learning

Posted on Friday 08 January 2021 by Miss Marsden

Monday

 

 

 

 

 

Book of the week- Watch the story Lost and Found or read the book if you have it at home.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cRAAQ8EWzig
Questions to discuss-
– How is the boy feeling when the penguin first arrives at his door?
– Why does the penguin follow the boy? What does he want?- The penguin was lonely… What does it mean to be lonely? How can we help others when they are feeling lonely? What can we do when we feel lonely ourselves?
Parents: Click here to see how we use Phoneme Fingers when blending.
Phonics- j
 Click here to watch today’s phonics video.
Activity 1: Be a ‘j’ detective! Can you find anything (or anyone) in your house, that has the initial sound ‘j’?
Activity 2: Take turns with an adult to play ‘Roll and Read’ (j focus) click here to either print the word mat, or view it on screen. You will need a die or to draw 1-6 dots on 6 pieces of paper and draw at random from a bag.
1. Roll the dice
2. Match to the correct row.
3. Choose a word on the row and read it aloud.
Maths- White Rose Maths: Alive in 5!- Week 2.
Click here to be taken to the correct web page. Choose Session 1.
Activity:
Click here for today’s activity. Encourage your child to speak in full sentences when describing the number composition, for example: “There are three frogs in the pond and there are two frogs on the grass. There are 5 frogs altogether” or “There are 4 toys on the bed and there is one toy on the floor. There are 5 toys altogether”
Tuesday Phonics- v
Click here to watch today’s phonics video.
Activity 1:  Be a ‘v’ detective! Can you find anything (or anyone) in your house, that has the initial sound ‘v’?
Activity 2: Here is the link to ‘fishy phonics’ on the Phonics Bloom website- click here
Parents: Select phase 2, set 5. Try the hard level initially, change to easy if this is a bit tricky.
Maths- Click here to be taken to the correct web page. Choose Session 2.
Activity:
Click here for today’s activity.
Wednesday Phonics- w
Click here to watch today’s phonics video.
Activity 1: Be a ‘w’ detective! Can you find anything (or anyone) in your house, that has the initial sound ‘w’?
Activity 2: Write ‘yes’ and ‘no’ on two separate pieces of paper and put them at either side of the room. Ask your child to read these questions (click here) one at a time and then run to either the yes or the no answer. Encourage your child to point to each word on the screen as they read the question.
Maths-  Click here to be taken to the correct web page. Choose Session 3.
Activity:
Click here for today’s activity. If you do not have a printer, draw 5 of anything you like on a piece of paper and cut them out. This will work just as well for the activity!
Thursday Phonics- Tricky words he/she
Click here to watch today’s phonics video.
Activity 1: Be a Tricky Word Detective! Can you find any tricky words in the books you have at home?
Activity 2: Write a sentence using one of the new tricky words. Steps to writing a successful sentence…
1.Think of a sentence.
2. Say the sentence out loud.
3. Count the words in your sentence.
4. Use your phoneme fingers to segment every word.
5. Check your sentence makes sense.
6. Have you remembered a capital letter at the start, finger spaces throughout and a full stop at the end?
Activity 3: Rainbow writing tricky words- use a variety of colours to practice spelling all of the phase 2 tricky words.
Click here for this week’s word list for your Word Passports.
Remember to use your phoneme fingers when blending!
Maths- Click here to be taken to the correct web page. Choose Session 4.
Activity:
Click here for today’s activity.
Friday Understanding the World with Professor Myers; Exploring Ice
Click here to watch this week’s video with Professor Myers.
-Can you carry out the ice experiments in the video from Professor Myers? Remember to make some predictions about what you think will happen first.
-Can you draw and label a picture to show what you did?
Story time- One Snowy Night read by Mrs Rippon
Click here to watch today’s story.
Sit back, relax and enjoy the story.

Story Link activities to select throughout the week

Literacy
1. Make a story map of the key events in the story Lost and Found. We practice creating these lots in class.

2. Sometimes, when people lose a pet, they put up posters to help find them again. Can you make a ‘lost’ poster for the Penguin in Lost and Found. Don’t forget to add lots of details describing the penguin, so that the reader knows what to look out for. What does the penguin look like? What colour is it? How big is it?

3. The story doesn’t have any speech in it. Ask your grown up to draw out a speech bubble and pretend you are the boy from the story (perhaps you could draw him next to the speech bubble) Have a go at writing what you think he might have said when he first met the penguin.

A writing reminder…
How did your child find the writing activity? Remember, it’s okay for things to be spelt phonetically. It is important that your child grows into an independent learner. Encouraging your child to write the words as they sound rather than always spelling them correctly. We encourage the children to use their own skills, rather than copying an adult.

Understanding the World
Spend some time watching the penguins at Edinburgh Zoo:
https://www.edinburghzoo.org.uk/webcams/penguin-cam/
– What do you notice about them?
– How do they move? (perhaps you can walk like a penguin too!)
– Do they like to be alone or in groups?
– Do they live on land, in the water, or both?
– These penguins are in a zoo. Where can we find penguins in the wild? Ask an adult to help you find this information in a book or by using the internet.

Expressive Arts and Design
1. Build a boat for your toys! You could use any construction toys you have at home (such as lego, duplo) natural or found objects outside, or recycled food packaging. Perhaps you could tell a story about an adventure your toys go on in their brand new boat!
2. Make a ‘Paper Roll Penguin’ You could follow this guide or, if you do not have coloured paper, create your own version using plain paper, the paper roll and colouring pens or pencils!

Physical Development
Get Moving! Join in with this Jack Hartman Penguin Dance: video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uf0uKmKwnKs

Did you know… ‘PE with Joe’ is back? Joe Wicks is hosting his live PE sessions again from Monday 11th January 2021, 3 times a week (Monday, Wednesday, Friday at 9am) You can subscribe to his channel here for alerts. A great way to keep fit at home!

I hope you all have a great week of home learning and please keep sending me photos of what you’ve been up to.
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F1 Home Learning: Week 2

Posted on Friday 08 January 2021 by Miss Marsden

This week, our learning is going to be themed around the popular children’s books ‘Zog’ and ‘Zog and the Flying Doctors’. At the bottoms there’s also links to some Key Worker times which you can join in with at home. Two of the videos will be of other Sphere Federation Early Years teachers and the story video will be either Miss Marsden, Mrs Small or Mrs Rippon.

If you are unfamiliar with the story, you can listen to it here and if you would like some quiet time, why not snuggle up on the sofa and enjoy watching it on BBC iPlayer.
Zog
Zog and the Flying Doctors

Reading

  • What was your favourite part of the story?
  • Can you remember the characters that the Flying Doctors helped in the story?
  • What do you think princesses should be like?
  • If you’d like a challenge, try completing this quiz

Phonics
As part of our Phase One phonics learning, we practise making different noises with our own voices.
Can you roar like a lion?
If you don’t want to wake the sleeping King, what could you say? ( Shhhhh)
What noise does Zog make when he lands? (Bang, crash, thump!)
– What noise do you think Princess Pearl says when she sees a silly, frilly dress? (Eugh!)
Can you think of any other sound effects that you could make from the story?

Mark-Making

  • Do you have some wrapping paper left over or some old wall paper? Turn it over and roll it out on the floor. Hold it down at the corners using some tins/books/tape. Can you draw a giant map for Zog to show him where to go? What will be on your map? You could draw some trees for a forest or a tall mountain. What about a castle or a river?
    Parents: Remember, in Nursery, the process of mark making is the most important part. The end product may not ‘look’ exactly like you think it should, but the marks that your child has made will mean a lot to them. If you have time, try to draw a little bit with your child before leaving them to continue alone. As you draw, talk about your marks and what they show (keep them simple). It’s great if they can talk to you about what they are drawing as they make each mark.
  • Here’s a Zog colouring sheet if you have a printer at home. We try to talk about choosing the correct colour for things at Nursery.
  • You might also like to try and follow the lines very carefully with your pen to help Zog win a golden star .

Maths
Watch this song about 2d shapes and talk about the names of the basic 2D shapes (circle, square, triangle and rectangle). Then, look at these pictures of castles and see what shapes you can spot. How you know it’s a triangle? How many sides does that shape have? Can you see a shape with a curved side?
Extension ideas
– Cut up a selection of different sized shapes and ask your child to create their own castle or maybe even a dragon picture. There are lots of ideas online.  What shape would be good to use to make a doorway or window?
– Have a look on Google images at castles to see what other shapes you can spot.

Creative
– We love to create buildings using Duplo in Nursery. If you have Lego or Duplo at home, can you build a castle?
– Sir Gadabout has a shield and a sword in ‘Zog’. We know that some of you love to play ‘knights’ so maybe you’d like to have a go at making your own shields using any recycling items that you have such as cardboard delivery or cereal boxes etc.
– Role play being a doctor/nurse and help to make some of your toys better. Use your imaginations to think about what could be wrong; in the story, the mermaid has sunburn and the lion gets a sore throat. You could make a bandage (toilet roll) or use some old plasters that are hiding at the back of a cupboard somewhere.

Physical Development
Funky Fingers
Draw or print a dragon outline. Get some clothes pegs and show your child how to squeeze them to open them. Use the pegs to add spikes onto the dragon’s back (like in the dinosaur photo below). You could challenge them to add 2 blue spikes or 3 yellow ones.

Movement
Get moving and join in with this Happy Dragon dance!

Independence skills
In the story, the Lion has a sore throat and cold and needs to blow his nose a lot! Can you blow your own nose? Next time you need to blow your nose, get a tissue and look in the mirror.  Hold the tissue to your nose, pinch your fingers gently around the tissue and blow.  Remember to pinch and pull as you move the tissue away from your nose. Look in the mirror to check that your nose is clean and do it again if you need to. What’s the last thing that you need to do? Throw your tissue in the bin or flush it away and then wash your hands well.

Key Worker activities
Watch these videos (click on the two links below) and join in our Key Worker activity at home. Listen carefully to the clues and animal noises. Which animal is it?
Animal Guess Who video

If you enjoyed playing, have a go at the game at home. We’d love you to make up your own clue and send a video for us to guess which animal you have!

We often play games that help to develop our visual and memory skills. Look carefully at the animals and see if you can work out which is missing! You can easily play this game at home- just choose 5-6 items and find a tea towel or towel to hide them.
Animal memory game

Story Time – One Snowy Night read by Mrs Rippon
Click here to watch today’s story.
Sit back, relax and enjoy the story.

Parents: If you have any questions I am here to help. Please email  your questions and photos to [email protected] and I will aim to respond the same day. 

 

Quick Reminder!

Posted on Friday 08 January 2021 by Miss Marsden

Please don’t forget to email us any pictures of your home learning. I would love to see how you’ve been getting on and what you’ve been up to!

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Read! Read! Read!
Share stories and read different types of texts. You could even make up your own stories! Here are some suggestions from Book Trust.

Talk!
Please talk with your child on a daily basis. The best thing about being at home is all those lovely conversations! Talk to your child about everything! We encourage talk and language in class by asking lots of questions:
“I wonder what would happen if…?”
“Can you remember when…?
“What does that feel like/ smell like/ look like/ taste like?”
“Why did you do it that way…?
“How could you change it…?”
Have fun painting, drawing and making models to encourage lots of chat!

Stay Active!
Spend some time moving and grooving around your house! There’s plenty of movement songs on YouTube. For example, Shake Your Sillies Out, Move and Freeze or Happy Dance – these are our favourites Foundation! You could even just put on the radio and have a good dance!#

Phonics
Use your phase 2 sound mat and word passport daily.

08 January 2021: F2 Home Learning

Posted on Thursday 07 January 2021 by Miss Marsden

Phonics
Play the Match Cards blending game on Phonics Bloom.
Parents: Click the above link> Make sure all sets are ticked> Click play 

Maths
Making 2D Shapes
1. Gather a selection of small items e.g. sticks, lolly sticks, pen, coins, pebbles or buttons.
2. Explore ways of arranging the items to create a 2D shape.
3. What shape did you make? Can you describe your shape to an adult?
4. Take turns at making and describing shapes to each other.
Parents: Below is a list of questions you can ask to support your child’s thinking.

Creative/Topic
Make an Ice Sun Catcher.
1. Explore your garden and collect a variety of natural treasures.
2. Pour some water into a suitable oven tray or shallow dish from your kitchen.
3. Place a piece of string over one of the corners and leave to freeze overnight.

Artic Yoga
Have a go at some of these yoga poses.
Parents: Your child needs to be on a carpeted floor or mat with enough space for them to stretch out their arms and legs.
I hope you all have enjoyed your first week of home learning activities. Next week, I will be posting daily videos of phonics and maths lessons alongside a week of activities linked to a focus story.

Have a safe and happy weekend!

A Message From Miss Marsden

Posted on Thursday 07 January 2021 by Miss Marsden

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F2 Home Learning

Posted on Thursday 07 January 2021 by Miss Marsden

This is what you can expect to see on your child’s class news page each week during lockdown.

The learning for week beginning 11.01.21 will be posted on Sunday 10.01.21.  All subsequent weeks will be posted on a Friday evening.

As teachers are also teaching our key worker children in school, these videos may not be from your child’s teacher. However, every Friday the children will be able to enjoy a story read by an adult from their class.

Each week a menu of activities will be presented that can be completed during the week. This menu will relate to the book of the week. The activities will cover all aspects of the Early Years curriculum. There will also be the following screencasts and videos.

Monday Phonics screencast with follow up activities.

Maths screencast with follow up activities

Tuesday Phonics screencast with follow up activities.

Maths screencast with follow up activities

Wednesday Phonics screencast with follow up activities.

Maths screencast with follow up activities

Thursday A tricky word screencast with follow up activities

Maths screencast with follow up activities

Friday An Understanding the World video with “ Professor Myers” with follow up activities

A story read by one of your child’s teachers with talk time activities.

As always your child’s teachers will be available via email for any questions. We will also endeavour contact you by phone once per week, just to check in with you.